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Message From The Chairman - 23rd January 2020.

Hello everyone, Hope you have all had a good week and enjoyed whatever you have been doing. As I said at Mondays rehearsal I would provide more information about the vacant positions within the band that require filling.

Publicity Officer. Since Kate has moved away we have not had anyone doing the publicity for the band apart from the odd bits I have been doing. We really do need someone to be willing to volunteer to take on this responsibility. The first task is to make sure our concerts and items of interest are forwarded to the U3A Active News so that the majority of our audience is up to date with what we are doing and when our concerts are taking place. Without this we are in danger of loosing our audience, so you can see how important this is to the future of the band. If you feel you can fill this position please let me know.

Box Office. This is another position that needs filling sooner rather than later. Jilly is very upset that she has had to step down from this responsibility due to her daughter's health. We have a concert coming up on 25th April and the box office has to be up and running at least 8 weeks before the concert. That means it has to be operating by the middle of February. The reality is that if we do not have a Box Office up and running we do not have any tickets for the next concert. Let's remember that the Spring Concert is to raise funds for VB. Without tickets to sell, all we can do is use flyers to advertise the concert and ask for donations at the end of the concert. This could seriously effect our income. Jilly will work with any volunteers to assist and make sure they understand what is involved. Trust me it's not too much of an onerous job and only comes into operation when we have a concert which this year is only Spring, Autumn and Winter.

Your band needs you to step forward and take responsibility so that we can continue to make progress as we have done for a number of years now. I look forward to hearing from you and to knowing that these positions will be filled.

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Mon 13 April Easter Monday Bank Holiday. No rehearsal. Wed 15 April - Rehearsal at All Saints Southbourne at 13:45.

Fri 24 April 2020 - Rehearsal for Spring Concert at SA Citadel, Boscombe 14:00 to 16:30 hrs. Sat 25 April - Spring Concert at SA Citadel, Boscombe 19:00 hrs.

Mon 4 May - rehearsal as usual. Bank Holiday is on the Friday VE day.

Mon 25 May - Bank Holiday. No rehearsal. Wed 27 May - Rehearsal at All Saints Southbourne at 13:45.

Saturday 4th July - Christchurch Priory Summer Fete. 2 playing slots between 11am and 2pm - exact timings to be confirmed.

Mon 13 July - Lunchtime concert at Wimborne Minster 12:30 to 13:15.

Wimbourne Minster - please arrive no later that 12.00 noon. Uniform: Full uniform with straight tie.

Mon 20 July - Pinewalk Bandstand - 14:00 to 15:30 hrs.

Uniform: Full uniform with straight ties. Please arrive to set up by 1.30pm we start playing at 2.00pm till 3.30pm. Subs: to be confirmed.

Mon 7 Sept - 1st Main Band rehearsal of new term at St James Institute.

Richard Ely Concert on Saturday October 24 2020 in the afternoon.

Autumn (Richard Ely) Concert, 1400hrs at All Saints' Church, Southbourne. Rehearsal , Friday 23rd at 1300-1700hrs at All Saints' Church, Castlemain Ave, Southbourne BH6 5EH.

Christmas Concert on Saturday December 5.

Christmas (Cancer Research UK) Concert at St Christopher's Church, Southbourne 1900hrs (Hire of Church, Large Hall, Small Hall, Bridge with Kitchen 1700hrs - 2200hrs). With St George's Singers. Fri 4 Dec - Rehearsal at St Christopher's Church, Southbourne 1345-1600hrs.

Friday 5 July - Venue for the extra VB rehearsal will be the Lower Hall, All Saints Church, Castlemain Ave, Southbourne BH6 5EH. Access is down the side of the building. Hall booked from 1300 to 1630hrs. Rehearsal starts at 1.45pm.

Priory Fete, Priory Church, Christchurch (Tony to confirm Parking). Please arrive for set up by 12:15. We are playing two sets, the first one starts at 12.30. Uniform: Polo shirts and caps/hats (you may remember we democratically agreed to wear the polo shirts outside of our trousers or skirts). Subs: John Starkes Euphonium, other subs to be confirmed by Steve.